100 Years Since the Guns Fell Silent

Firstly we hope you enjoy the pictures from the Red Cross of ordinary women doing extraordinary things.

Today marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. In remembrance of the fallen a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) online exhibition showcasing the lives of nursing staff during the First World War, which won the Women’s Network History Award for 2018. Called “Service Scrapbooks: Nursing and Storytelling in the First World War” has been created.

This project digitised and transcribed photographs poems diary entries and illustrations ranging for 1909 to 1919. To go to it click here

This new archive also contains a collection of digitised slides from Scottish Women’s Hospitals which is a haunting glimpse into life in a field hospital 100 years ago. A very moving archive full of personal views of the war by nurses who were there.

On the RCN Scotland blog, there is also a fantastic piece written in memory of two Scottish Nurses by Siobhán O’Connor of Edinburgh Napier University. She reflects on the experiences in the war of Mairi Chisholm and Elsie Knocker, who joined the Flying Ambulance Corps and set up their own first aid post to be nearer to the frontline. You can read this at:

https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/blogs/nursing-during-world-war-one-7-nov-2018